Playbomb Reviews: Joker (Spoiler Free).
Playbomb Reviews: Joker (Spoiler Free)

Playbomb Reviews: Joker (Spoiler Free).

Director: Todd Philips 
Main Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conrow, Brett Cullen.
Producers: Todd Philips, Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
Genre:
 Psychological Thriller
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 2mins

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

Much has been said about the new Joker movie: Its critical acclaim has, once again, flung Joaquin Phoenix into the limelight, almost unanimously taking over the late Heath Ledger’s mantle as the peoples’ favourite for the iconic villain. Todd Phillips is a name praised today in setting very powerful tonalities for the entirety of the movie and writing a really strong script. Of course, the movie has been highly praised for its stellar cinematography, but really, praising the movie for great cinematography is an understatement. The movie does not just hold great cinematography and a strong script, it does more than that, more than what most movies would do for their audiences: it engages them in more than a third-person observer perspective but engages them as the first-person protagonist. Joker is one of those movies that is a deep dive character study on the pains and nuances of insanity, much to the point of folie à deux – It gives an avenue for the audience to share in the character’s psychosis, creating one of the most profound cinematic experiences I have ever encountered in my entire life.

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Playbomb Reviews: Days Gone
Playbomb Reviews: Days Gone

Playbomb Reviews: Days Gone

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Genre: 
Action-Adventure
Platform Played: 
PS4 Pro
Completion:
Story Completed
Hours Played: ~44

Review Read: ~10mins

When I first witnessed the nerve-wrecking E3 gameplay trailer of Days Gone in 2016, I was more than confident that it would be a game definitely worth playing. On the first booting of the game three years later, I was introduced to a 2-minute load time. That load time was a bad omen, but thankfully, as much as other reviews out there are saying how much of a rough ride Days Gone has been, it’s not all that bad.

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Playbomb Reviews: Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Avengers: Endgame

Playbomb Reviews: Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler-Free)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo 
Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson,  Jeremy Renner, etc.
Genre: Action-Adventure
Movie Run Time: 3hrs 1 Min

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

Disclaimer: Avengers: Endgame is a huge cinematic title. In order to avoid spoilers, Playbomb Reviews will refrain from revealing plot points and showing screenshots of the movie, regardless of whether these pictorial depictions or plot points were featured in the trailers or otherwise.

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Playbomb Reviews: Hellboy (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Hellboy [2019]

Playbomb Reviews: Hellboy (Spoiler-Free)

Director: Neil Marshall 
Main Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian Mcshane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action-Adventure
Movie Run Time: 2hrs

Review Read: ~ 5 mins

I walked into Hellboy with the knowledge of the existence of bad reviews. Being a huge Hellboy fan, I was adamant in watching this reboot wanting those reviews to be wrong. I wanted to see for myself what is redeemable and condemnable about the movie. When I walked out of the cinema, I was filled with a mixture of excitement, and surprisingly, apathy of what’s to possibly come because Hellboy (Disappointingly) wasn’t all that great.

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Playbomb Reviews: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Playbomb Reviews: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Playbomb Reviews: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Developer: From Software
Genre:
Action-Adventure
Platform Played:
PS4 Pro
Completion:
Story Completed
Hours Played: ~33

Review Read: ~15mins

Never would I believe that there will come a day when we can say Activision as a studio and publisher has succeeded in not screwing up a game for their developers. From Software’s Sekiro is both a familiar take and a breath of fresh air for the Souls-Bourne franchise.

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Playbomb Reviews: Dumbo (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Dumbo

Playbomb Reviews: Dumbo (Spoiler-Free)

Director: Tim Burton 
Main Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Movie Run Time: 1hrs 52 mins

Review Read: ~ 5 mins

I am quite sure most of us were excited for Tim Burton’s contemporary take on our iconic Disney flying elephant. As much as the original tale of Dumbo brought so much magic into our entertainment lives, Tim Burton’s version brought diluted messaging and a slightly confused story.

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Playbomb Reviews: Shazam! (Spoiler-Free)
Playbomb Reviews: Shazam!

Playbomb Reviews: Shazam! (Spoiler-Free)

Director: David F. Sandberg 
Main Cast:  Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer
Genre: Action, Comedy
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 12 mins

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

The creative writing and direction for Shazam! is like a captain who has snatched control of a ship and moved the rudder towards a better course; away from the sea’s craggy rocks. It’s a movie that, since Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman, does the DC Extended Universe justice with a warm story and light-hearted scenes. A little bit of that charm may have been taken away due to its little-too-long movie runtime, but it’s a small issue in perspective to what’s to (hopefully) come in DCEU’s future.

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Playbomb Reviews: Devil May Cry 5
Playbomb Reviews: Devil May Cry 5

Playbomb Reviews: Devil May Cry 5

Developer: Capcom
Genre: 
Action-Adventure
Platform Played: 
PS4 Pro
Completion:
Story Completed
Hours Played: ~30

Review Read: ~15mins

After completing Devil May Cry 5 three times (Which is a REALLY low amount of times you’re supposed play through the game for), I was 100% convinced that DMC5 takes cues from the more successful Playstation 2 predecessor Devil May Cry 3. The game is, like in 3 (and even in comparison to 4), nonsensically compelling and addictive to boot.

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Playbomb Reviews: Captain Marvel (Light Spoilers Ahead)
Playbomb Reviews: Captain Marvel

Playbomb Reviews: Captain Marvel (Light Spoilers Ahead)

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck 
Main Cast:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelson, Jude Law
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 4 mins

Review Read: ~ 10 mins

For those familiar with the MCU franchise (If you are not familiar, where have you been living all these while?), we all know that Captain Marvel has a certain standard to live up to given that it’s the final origin story for a Marvel superhero before the long anticipated Avengers: Endgame. The movie, and specifically Brie Larson, not only has this MCU superhero je ne sais quoi to live up to, but also has this mantle to carry forward with the events leading up to Endgame; and boy, did the writing and Larson carry this mantle loud and proud down to the very minute of Captain Marvel.

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Playbomb Reviews: Jump Force (Spoiler-free)
Playbomb Reviews: Jump Force

Playbomb Reviews: Jump Force (Spoiler-free)

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Genre: 
Fighting
Platform Played: 
PS4 Pro
Completion:
Played
Hours Played: ~20

Review Read: ~10mins

When I started playing Jump Force, I found myself whipping my phone out and checking social media very regularly. Not that because the game wasn’t interesting, but more because of the long and frequent loading times. By the time I engaged myself in a handful of fighting sequences, I already felt like I was finished with experiencing everything the game has to offer (with the clear knowledge that I wasn’t even done with the whole thing.).

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